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I am currently writing a book, 'Black but Human': Slavery and  Visual Art in Hapsburg Spain (1480-1700) on the emergence of the slave and freed slave subjects in the visual form of Imperial Spain. I explore the links between visual regimes and early modern Spanish discourses on slavery and human diversity that are the historic roots of contemporary racism in the Hispanic world.

In 2009, I was a Visitor in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Granada where I have been invited to join three international collaborative networks (2008-13), all sponsored by the Spanish government. I have also established links with the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid and Valencia. In 2011, I was a Visitor in the Department of Media Studies at the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.

I was invited to deliver a Public Lecturer at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City (Mexico, Oct 2015) and at the University of Chicago (USA, Feb 2017) with the newly created Working Group on Slavery and Visual Culture, where I also run a Workshop on my book in progress (USA, Feb 2017). I was also invited to give a paper at the Collegium For African American Research (CAAR) international conference at the University of Málaga, (Spain, June 2017). I was invited to give a Public Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh (USA, Sep. 2017), where I also taught UG and PG students (23-30 Sept 2017).

My research has received considerable international recognition also through papers I was invited to give in international conferences and in publications in Argentina, Chile,  Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Spain, the USA, and, the U. K.